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Anguish (1987)

Angustia (original title)
R | | Horror | 8 January 1988 (USA)
A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.



(screenplay), (dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Talia Paul ...
Àngel Jové ...
Killer (as Angel Jove)
Clara Pastor ...
Isabel García Lorca ...
Caroline (as Isabel Garcia Lorca)
Nat Baker ...
Teaching Doctor - Old Movie
Edward Ledden ...
Doctor - Old Movie
Gustavo Gili ...
Student 1 - Old Movie
Antonio Regueiro ...
Student 2 - Old Movie
Joaquín Ribas ...
Student 3 - Old Movie
Janet Porter ...
Laboratory Nurse - Old Movie
Patrice Manget ...
Nurse at Clinic - Old Movie
Merche Gascón ...
Nurse at Clinic - Old Movie
Jose M. Chucarro ...
Caroline's Boyfriend - Old Movie (as Jose M.ª Chucarro)


A film-within-a-film thriller about two teen girls among a small group of people whom are terrorized in a movie theater by a killer while watching a horror film about a murderous optometrist who stalks his victims in a movie theater in the film. Written by matt-282

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The eyes of the city are mine.




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Release Date:

8 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anguish  »

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Box Office


$228,789 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mother's role was first offered to Bette Davis, but due to scheduling conflicts could not do it. See more »


Alice Pressman, the Mother: [Forcing him to consume a mass of pouched eggs] Eat, Eat, EAT! You need energy... there's a nice boy.
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Crazy Credits

When the film ends, we suddenly see the credits scrolling up on a completely different movie screen, together with another completely different cinema audience of onlookers observing it before getting up and leaving one by one until the final onlookers stand up and walks to the left with the screen going black as he/she does so (implying that the real storyline was also yet another film within film). See more »


References Hoosiers (1986) See more »


Performed by Cecil Milner
Published by KPM Music Library
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An original movie
21 July 2007 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This movie plays with the audience expectations in a level and maybe it have some characteristics of the terror genre that can be seen in a lot of movies but have some features of its own that makes the movie an original one. It's clear that this movie was not made with a big budget but the cast and crew give life to an imaginative screenplay .Rubinstein and Lerner are really great here. What surprised me of this movie are the original ideas . I will not spoil you the movie at all but after watching so many movies this one still surprise me.The Spanish director Bigas Luna directed this somehow atypical movie in his career , that usually treats themes far from the terror genre or the thriller.

It's a good achievement .

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